Best Agnosticism Books
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1. Designing the Mind: The Principles of Psychitecture
Author: by Designing the Mind
Published at: Independently published (January 10, 2021)
The Instant Cult Classic from the Creator of The Book of Self MasteryA bold and fascinating dive into the nuts and bolts of psychological evolution, Designing the Mind: The Principles of Psychitecture is part philosophical manifesto, part practical self-development guide, all based on the teachings of legendary thinkers like Marcus Aurelius, Lao Tzu, Friedrich Nietzsche, and Abraham Maslow.
The ideas and techniques it offers are all integrated into a vital theory for helping individuals scale the heights of self-mastery and lead great lives.”A fascinating framework” – Scott Barry Kaufman, PhD, author of Transcend: The New Science of Self-ActualizationThis visionary guide argues that the mind can be compared to software, made up of many interwoven algorithms which were originally programmed by natural selection.
Though most never learn to alter their default programming, it is possible to rewire cognitive biases, change ingrained habits, and transform emotional reactions. The process of psychitecture enables you to unplug from your own mind, identify its underlying patterns, and become the architect of your own enlightenment.”It has already changed my life, and I know it will change others as well” – Aaron T.
2. Staying Sober Without God: The Practical 12 Steps to Long-Term Recovery from Alcoholism and Addictions
Author: by Jeffrey Munn
Published at: Jeffrey Munn (January 6, 2019)
Finally, a psychology-based approach to recovery that doesn’t require faith in a god or supernatural being. This book will guide you through a series of 12 steps designed to free you from the patterns that keep you stuck in your addictive cycle.
These 12 steps are developed to be workable whether you are currently in a traditional 12-step program or not. Cultivate genuine motivation to stop your addictive cycle. Find relief from the guilt of past actions and the resentments toward the people who hurt you.
Explore the patterns that keep you stuck and systematically remove them from your life. Heal the damage done to your loved ones. Discover powerful tools that help keep you grounded in the moment and free from overwhelming emotionsLive a full, healthy, balanced life free from the prison of addictive behavior.
One step at a time, you can end the cycle that causes suffering for you and your loved ones. With a detailed plan of action, you can stay sober without God.
3. Letter to a Christian Nation
Author: by Sam Harris
Published at: Vintage; Reprint edition (January 8, 2008)
From the new afterword by the author:Humanity has had a long fascination with blood sacrifice. In fact, it has been by no means uncommon for a child to be born into this world only to be patiently and lovingly reared by religious maniacs, who believe that the best way to keep the sun on its course or to ensure a rich harvest is to lead him by tender hand into a field or to a mountaintop and bury, butcher, or burn him alive as offering to an invisible God.
The notion that Jesus Christ died for our sins and that his death constitutes a successful propitiation of a loving God is a direct and undisguised inheritance of the superstitious bloodletting that has plagued bewildered people throughout history…
4. Letters to a Young Contrarian (Art of Mentoring (Paperback))
Author: by Christopher Hitchens
Published at: Basic Books; Later ptg edition (April 13, 2005)
“Art of Mentoring” seriesIn the book that he was born to write, provocateur and best-selling author Christopher Hitchens inspires future generations of radicals, gadflies, mavericks, rebels, angry young (wo)men, and dissidents. Who better to speak to that person who finds him or herself in a contrarian position than Hitchens, who has made a career of disagreeing in profound and entertaining ways.
This book explores the entire range of “contrary positions”-from noble dissident to gratuitous pain in the butt. In an age of overly polite debate bending over backward to reach a happy consensus within an increasingly centrist political dialogue, Hitchens pointedly pitches himself in contrast.
He bemoans the loss of the skills of dialectical thinking evident in contemporary society. He understands the importance of disagreement-to personal integrity, to informed discussion, to true progress-heck, to democracy itself. Epigrammatic, spunky, witty, in your face, timeless and timely, this book is everything you would expect from a mentoring contrarian.
5. The Last Superstition: A Refutation of the New Atheism
Author: by Edward Feser
Published at: St. Augustines Press; First Edition, New edition, PB (December 10, 2010)
The central contention of the New Atheism of Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Sam Harris, and Christopher Hitchens is that there has for several centuries been a war between science and religion, that religion has been steadily losing that war, and that at this point in human history a completely secular scientific account of the world has been worked out in such thorough and convincing detail that there is no longer any reason why a rational and educated person should find the claims of any religion the least bit worthy of attention.
But as Edward Feser argues inThe Last Superstition, in fact there is not, and never has been, any war between science and religion at all. There has instead been a conflict between two entirely philosophical conceptions of the natural order: on the one hand, the classical teleological vision of Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, and Aquinas, on which purpose or goal-directedness is as inherent a feature of the physical world as mass or electric charge; and the modern mechanical vision of Descartes, Hobbes, Locke, and Hume, according to which the physical world is comprised of nothing more than purposeless, meaningless particles in motion.
6. The Case for God
Author: by Karen Armstrong
Published at: Anchor; Reprint edition (September 7, 2010)
A nuanced exploration of the part that religion plays in human life, drawing on the insights of the past in order to build a faith that speaks to the needs of our dangerously polarized age. Moving from the Paleolithic age to the present, Karen Armstrong details the great lengths to which humankind has gone in order to experience a sacred reality that it called by many names, such as God, Brahman, Nirvana, Allah, or Dao.
Focusing especially on Christianity but including Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Chinese spiritualities, Armstrong examines the diminished impulse toward religion in our own time, when a significant number of people either want nothing to do with God or question the efficacy of faith.
Why has God become unbelievable? Why is it that atheists and theists alike now think and speak about God in a way that veers so profoundly from the thinking of our ancestors? Answering these questions with the same depth of knowledge and profound insight that have marked all her acclaimed books, Armstrong makes clear how the changing face of the world has necessarily changed the importance of religion at both the societal and the individual level.
7. The Churching of America, 1776-2005: Winners and Losers in Our Religious Economy
Author: by Roger Finke
Published at: Rutgers University Press; Revised edition (March 3, 2005)
Although many Americans assume that religious participation has declined in America, Finke and Stark present a different picture. In 1776, fewer than 1 in 5 Americans were active in church affairs. Today, church membership includes about 6 out of 10 people. But, as Finke and Stark show, not all denominations benefited.
They explain how and why the early nineteenth-century churches began their descent, while two newcomer sects, the Baptists and the Methodists, gained ground. They also analyze why the Methodists then began a long, downward slide, why the Baptists continued to succeed, how the Catholic Church met the competition of ardent Protestant missionaries, and why the Catholic commitment has declined since Vatican II.
The authors also explain why ecumenical movements always fail In short, Americans are not abandoning religion; they have been moving away from established denominations. A “church-sect process” is always under way, Finke and Stark argue, as successful churches lose their organizational vigor and are replaced by less worldly groups.
8. The Portable Atheist: Essential Readings for the Nonbeliever
Author: by Christopher Hitchens
Published at: Da Capo Press; 1st edition (November 6, 2007)
Christopher Hitchens’s personally curated New York Times bestselling anthology of the most influential and important writings on atheism, including original pieces by Salman Rushdie and Ian McEwanFrom the #1 New York Times best-selling author of God Is Not Great, a provocative and entertaining guided tour of atheist and agnostic thought through the ages-with never-before-published pieces by Salman Rushdie, Ian McEwan, and Ayaan Hirsi Ali.
Christopher Hitchens continues to make the case for a splendidly godless universe in this first-ever gathering of the influential voices-past and present-that have shaped his side of the current (and raging) God/no-god debate. With Hitchens as your erudite and witty guide, you’ll be led through a wealth of philosophy, literature, and scientific inquiry, including generous portions of the words of Lucretius, Benedict de Spinoza, Charles Darwin, Karl Marx, Mark Twain, George Eliot, Bertrand Russell, Emma Goldman, H.L.
Mencken, Albert Einstein, Daniel Dennett, Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, and many others well-known and lesser known. And they’re all set in context and commented upon as only Christopher Hitchens-“political and literary journalist extraordinaire” (Los Angeles Times)-can.Atheist?Believer?Uncertain?
9. Why I Am Not a Christian and Other Essays on Religion and Related Subjects
Author: by Bertrand Russell
Published at: Touchstone; 39th Printing edition (October 30, 1967)
Devastating in its use of cold logic, (The Independent), the classic essay collection that expresses the freethinker’s views to religion and challenges set notions in today’s society from one of the most influential intellectual figures of the twentieth century. Dedicated as few men have been to the life of reason, Bertrand Russell has always been concerned with the basic questions to which religion also addresses itselfquestions about man’s place in the universe and the nature of the good life, questions that involve life after death, morality, freedom, education, and sexual ethics.
He brings to his treatment of these questions the same courage, scrupulous logic, and lofty wisdom for which his other work as philosopher, writer, and teacher has been famous. These qualities make the essays included in this book perhaps the most graceful and moving presentation of the freethinker’s position since the days of Hume and Voltaire.
I am as firmly convinced that religions do harm as I am that they are untrue, Russell declares in his Preface, and his reasoned opposition to any system or dogma which he feels may shackle man’s mind runs through all the essays in this book, whether they were written as early as 1899 or as late as 1954.
10. The Experience of God: Being, Consciousness, Bliss
Author: by David Bentley Hart
Published at: Yale University Press (September 30, 2014)
From one of the most revered scholars of religion, an incisive explanation of how the word God functions in the world’s great faiths Despite the recent ferocious public debate about belief, the concept most central to the discussionGodfrequently remains vaguely and obscurely described.
Are those engaged in these arguments even talking about the same thing? In a wide-ranging response to this confusion, esteemed scholar David Bentley Hart pursues a clarification of how the word God functions in the world’s great theistic faiths. Ranging broadly across Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Vedantic and Bhaktic Hinduism, Sikhism, and Buddhism, Hart explores how these great intellectual traditions treat humanity’s knowledge of the divine mysteries.
Constructing his argument around three principal metaphysical momentsbeing, consciousness, and blissthe author demonstrates an essential continuity between our fundamental experience of reality and the ultimate reality to which that experience inevitably points. Thoroughly dismissing such blatant misconceptions as the deists’ concept of God, as well as the fundamentalist view of the Bible as an objective historical record, Hart provides a welcome antidote to simplistic manifestoes.
11. God: A Human History
Author: by Reza Aslan
Published at: Random House; First Edition (November 7, 2017)
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER The bestselling author of Zealot and host of Believer explores humanity’s quest to make sense of the divine in this concise and fascinating history of our understanding of God. In Zealot, Reza Aslan replaced the staid, well-worn portrayal of Jesus of Nazareth with a startling new image of the man in all his contradictions.
In his new book, Aslan takes on a subject even more immense: God, writ large. In layered prose and with thoughtful, accessible scholarship, Aslan narrates the history of religion as a remarkably cohesive attempt to understand the divine by giving it human traits and emotions.
According to Aslan, this innate desire to humanize God is hardwired in our brains, making it a central feature of nearly every religious tradition. As Aslan writes, Whether we are aware of it or not, and regardless of whether we’re believers or not, what the vast majority of us think about when we think about God is a divine version of ourselves.
But this projection is not without consequences. We bestow upon God not just all that is good in human natureour compassion, our thirst for justicebut all that is bad in it: our greed, our bigotry, our penchant for violence. All these qualities inform our religions, cultures, and governments.
12. Outbreak: A Crisis of Faith: How Religion Ruined Our Global Pandemic
Author: by Noah Lugeons
Published at: Independently published (October 8, 2020)
Why did America do so badly? When the COVID-19 crisis reached America, the US had more resources and expertise at its disposal to confront the threat than any nation on the planet, and yet the American response was homicidally inefficient.Why?
In this book, I argue that the root of the problem is America’s religiosity. A crisis that only science could meet threatened to expose the impotence of religious claims, and religious leaders and institutions went on the attack. Any hope of a rational, scientifically informed response was crippled by a presidential administration elected by religious zealots, staffed by religious zealots, and beholden to religious zealots.
But their malfeasance was not limited to the political arena. From churches ignoring state lockdowns, to televangelists declaring the disease miraculously eradicated, to pastors suing their governors for enforcing public safety measures, religion was at the forefront of virtually every misguided step towards catastrophe that the nation took.
13. Existential Dialogues
Author: by DANIEL CHECHICK
Published at: Independently published (April 21, 2019)
Chechik takes his unsuspecting readers on a journey throughout the human mind, from its deepest and darkest caverns to its brightest heights. In the great tradition of Platonic dialogues, the author, in his very first literary work, demonstrates surprisingly mature approach to the great questions haunting the human mind since the dawn of philosophy: the finiteness of human lives; individual’s struggle with the forces of socialization; inter-generational relations; and the limits of human perceptions.
Each of the dialogues in this book, between the author’s adolescent and mature selves, is concluded with a thought-provoking question addressed to the readers.
14. Relax It's Just God: How and Why to Talk to Your Kids About Religion When You're Not Religious
Author: by Wendy Thomas Russell
Published at: Brown Paper Press (March 31, 2015)
A step-by-step guide to raising confident, open-minded, tolerant kids – as featured on the PBS NewsHourA rapidly growing demographic cohort in America, non-religious and progressively religious parents are at the forefront of a major and unprecedented cultural shift. Unable to fall back on what they were taught as children, many of these parents are struggling – or simply failing – to address issues of God, religion and faith with their children in ways that promote honesty, curiosity, kindness and independence.
The author sifts through hard data – including the results of a survey of 1,000 secular parents – and delivers gentle but straightforward advice to atheists, agnostics, humanists and open-minded believers. With a thoughtful voice infused with humor, Russell seamlessly merges scientific thought, scholarly research and everyday experience with respect for a full range of ways to view the world.”Relax, It’s Just God” goes beyond the numbers to assist parents (and grandparents) who may be struggling to find the right time place, tone and language with which to talk about God, spirituality and organized religion.
15. Gunning for God: Why the New Atheists are Missing the Target
Author: by John C Lennox
Published at: Lion Hudson; New edition (September 23, 2011)
Atheism is on the march in the western world, and its enemy is God. Religion, the “New Atheists” claim, “is dangerous”, it “kills” or “poisons everything”. And if religion is the problem with the world, their answer is simple: get rid of it.
But are things really so straightforward? Tackling the likes of Richard Dawkins, Stephen Hawking, Christopher Hitchens, and Daniel Dennett head on, John Lennox highlights the fallacies in the their approach, arguing that their irrational and unscientific methodology leaves them guilty of the same obstinate foolishness of which they accuse dogmatic religious folks.
Erudite and wide-ranging, Gunning for God packs some debilitating punches. It also puts forward new ideas about the nature of God and Christianity that will give the ‘New Atheists’ best friends and worst enemies alike some stimulating food for thought.
16. Without God: Science, Belief, Morality, and the Meaning of Life
Author: by Zachary Broom
Published at: Independently published (August 22, 2019)
Without God, how can we have hope or make sense of such a broken world? Skeptics believe we don’t need God to understand reality, and that science and reason hold the keys to building a better world. Faith is blind, and there is no credible evidence for God’s existenceespecially the God of the Bible.
Therefore, science and religious belief are deeply incompatible, and God is no longer relevant to our modern world. But if there is no God, how can our lives have any meaning? How can we make sense of good and evil, truth, justice, beauty, rationality, or even science itself?
By engaging with popular atheists and skeptics, both new and old, as well as many of Christianity’s most brilliant writers, pastor and author Zachary Broom demonstrates how not only is there powerful evidence for God’s existence, but without Him, everything begins to unravel.
Instead of setting out to prove God’s existence, Without God carefully and seriously engages skeptic’s doubts and common arguments against God, making use of philosophy, science, literature, and real-life conversations, as well as the author’s own struggles and doubts. Whether you believe in God or not, you will be challenged to wrestle carefully with life’s most important questions in a way that will lead you to a greater respect for the beliefs of others.